We had the pleasure of staying at Africa House Hotel as part of our honeymoon in December 2012 and had a wonderful stay. The colonial style is evident throughout the entire hotel and is has been beautifully restored. We recommend taking a walk around the complex and looking at the historic photos and decor.
We had a room in the top corner of the complex which was serviced daily. It was very clean, airconditioned and had really nice furnishings. The location is wonderful to explore Stone Town and the staff in the lobby can organise any tours you want to do. The staff and manager were very friendly and we often went for lunch at the ocean-front Baboo's Cafe across the road. The cool drinks were delicious. They really made us feel welcome and special.
We loved having drinks at the hotel’s Sunset Bar, which has a very strong reputation as the place to be at sunset and therefore it does get pretty busy. Each day we arrived about 5pm and got excellent seats. It is a pity that some people complained about the service because any busy bar at its peak time can struggle. The staff try their hardest to serve drinks as quickly as possible. Our advice is to be patient and wait until the crowds leave just after sunset because because that’s when we enjoyed the bar the most. Candles are placed on tables, the music is turned down and the service is excellent. It has a wonderful atmosphere.
The lounge adjacent the Sunset Bar is also very cool and twice we finished off the night with some flavoured shisha. There are comfortable cushions so it is very relaxing.
We recommend the Africa House Hotel if you are looking for a small hotel with a limited number of rooms that offers the colonial charm from the last century.
Thank you to the staff for being so helpful and making our stay memorable. We would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The African House hotel is located within the prime and historic Stone Town overlooking the open sea and gardens and minutes from the beach and vibrant Shangani square featuring some of the best night life on the Island. The accomodation includes 15 airconditioned rooms, the Sunset Bar, The Sunset Lounge, a Turkish restaurant (yet to Open), Trade winds Restaurant (For Indian / Chinese / Continental / Italian and local dishes). A historical Library, a large conference hall, Hotel shop outlets and sea facing Shisha decks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Africa Hotel Stone Town
- The Africa Hotel
- The Africa House Hotel Zanzibar Island/Stone Town